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3×3: JD & the Straight Shot on Sock Monsters, Mom Sneakers, and Stanley Brothers

Sep 21, 2017

Artist: Erin Slaver (violinist/fiddler/back-up vocalist of JD & the Straight Shot)
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Latest Album: Good Luck and Good Night 
Personal Nicknames: “Pirate” and sometimes “E-Dawg.”


Last time we went on tour, we ended up in Paris! Can’t wait to see where tour takes us this time 

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If you could safely have any animal in the world as a pet, which would you choose?

A dragon — I’ve been watching a lot of Game of Thrones.

Do your socks always match?

No. Sock monsters have lived inside my dryer for years, causing me to suffer from “missing sock syndrome.” Anyone know how to get rid of those pests?

If you could have a superpower, what would you choose?

I think perfect pitch is a super power. I’d take that.


How we feel now that it’s finally the weekend 

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Which describes you as a kid — tree climber, video gamer, or book reader?

Can I add choice d) “practice nerd”? I literally have photos, as a 4-year-old, practicing my violin with my dolls as an audience.

Who was the best teacher you ever had — and why?

My college violin teacher, Soovin Kim. He believed in me, and that meant everything.

What’s your favorite city?

New York City, cause it still has it all.


Playing the sun to sleep 

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Boots or sneakers?

Hmm … a year ago, boots. But since I became a mom, sneakers are my new best friends.

Which brothers do you prefer — Avett, Wood, Stanley, Comatose, or Louvin?

Tough call! But I’ll say Stanley Brothers, because “Man of Constant Sorrow” is one of my favorite tracks and O’ Brother, Where Art Thou? is one of my favorite films.

Head or heart?

I chose to be a musician for a living … need I say more ?

Photo credit: Kristin Barlowe

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